- About Singapore
- Why Study in Singapore
- Tuition Fees & Living Cost
- Steps/Process for Student Visa
Singapore officially the Republic of Singapore, is a modern city-state and island country in Southeast Asia. It lies off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula and is 137 kilometres (85 mi) north of the equator. The country's territory consists of the diamond-shaped main island, commonly referred to as Singapore Island and more than 60 significantly smaller islets. Singapore is highly urbanised. Land reclamation has been used to expand the country's land area. Singapore embarked on a path of development, earning recognition as one of the Four Asian Tigers.
Singapore is one of the world's major commercial hubs, the fourth-largest financial centre and one of the top two busiest container ports in the world for at least the past ten years. Its globalised and diversified economy depends heavily on trade, especially manufacturing, which accounted for around 30 percent of Singapore's GDP in 2013. Singapore places highly in international rankings with regard to standard of living, education, healthcare, and economic competitiveness. Singapore has one of the highest per capita income and one of the longest overall life expectancy in the world. The country is one of nine countries in the world with top AAA rating from all credit rating agencies.
About 5.5 million people live in Singapore (as of end-June 2014). 3.4 million people are citizens and the remaining 2.1 million people are foreign nationals, of which 0.5 million are permanent residents and 1.5 million are non-permanent residents. One-third of Singapore citizens are foreign-born naturalized citizens. Because of it being an immigrant country, and its numerous links to the global economy, Singapore is one of the most globalised countries in the world. Singapore is ethnically diverse. Ethnic Chinese Singaporeans predominate with about 74.1% of the resident population, followed by significant minorities of Malays (13.4%), Indians (9.2%), and Eurasians. There are four official languages: English, Malay, Mandarin, and Tamil. English is the common language of the country. Singapore promotes multiculturalism through a range of policies.
Why Study in Singapore:
Singapore is emerging as a popular destination to study among the international students. Singapore emphasizes on all the aspects and provides very productive and competitive education especially in the field of information technology and managements with good value for money by offering internationally recognized degrees at affordable costs.
Singapore known for its vibrancy and numerous tourist destinations has some of the top universities of the world. Large sum of money is spent on the education by the government. For higher education, large number of overseas students comes to Singapore to enroll themselves in the colleges and universities of Singapore. There are public and government aided universities in Singapore. If you want to pursue higher education, Singapore is the place to be. The facilities and educational environment make the universities and colleges one of the best.
Singapore has six national universities, with its two largest universities having more than 30,000 students each. Singapore’s most prestigious university is the National University of Singapore (NUS), which is ranked, 22nd in the World University Rankings 2014/15 and is one of the highest-ranking universities in Asia.
In many of the subject areas, the National University of Singapore is ranked within the global top ten, such as: law, computer science, mechanical engineering, geography, materials science, accounting and finance, pharmacy, communication and media studies, modern language and statistics. Other highly ranked institutions in the country are Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University.
Here are few reasons to study in Singapore:
Hub for Educational Excellence:
Over the years, Singapore has evolved from its traditional British-based education system to one that endeavors to meet the needs of individuals and seeks to nurture talents
Singapore has been rated 3rd among 145 countries in terms of ease of doing business in World Bank’s doing Business 2005 Report. The Swiss based world Economic Forum also rated Singapore as the most competitive economy processing great innovative ability and a Solid macro economy in the world.
Singapore universities focus on the global aspects of each subject, and thus preparing students with a worldwide view of their subject, through comprehensive and global curriculum to meet these new trends.
All Races, One Nation:
The Nation’s rich multi-cultural heritage is highlighted through the various ethnic groups (Chinese, Malays, Indians, Eurasians) living together. Singapore’s high standards of living also something that student can be assured of. This unusual synergistic mix of ethnic groups offers international students a wide spectrum of choices for fun and living in Singapore.
Infra-structure and Accessibility:
Singapore is well connected via sea, air and telecommunications to all parts of the world. Singapore is also probably the most wired country in Asia, with an internet penetration rate of 42% Seamless accessibility to all parts of the island is available in this country, often recognized for its quality and efficient land transport system.
A Vibrant City Lifestyle:
Singapore may seem like a small dot on the world map, but the island state bustles all over with attraction and activities. Dining and Shopping are two of the top rated activities of local. Singapore is also strategically located at the heart of Asia and can be a hub to explore the Southeast Asian region.
Affordable Tuition Fees and Living Cost:
Tuition fees are affordable and the cost of living is still significantly lower than of many developed countries. The cost of studying in Singapore, whilst not as affordable as other Asian destinations, is still reasonable compared to universities in the big three destinations (UK, USA, Canada and Australia). This is one of the factors that make Singapore an attractive destination for international students seeking a quality education. Singapore uses the dollar, although it is the Singaporean Dollar which has a different rate to it’s American counterpart. Bear this in mind when checking costs.
Singapore Universities / Colleges have round the year intakes. August/September is the key intake.
Tuition Fees & Living Cost:
The tuition fees are different from Universities to Universities and vary widely with courses. It can vary from as low as 6,500 S$ a year to 25,000 S$ per annum. Visit Institutions website for exact fees structure.
The approximate annual living expenses are 7,500 S$, which includes food, accommodation, transportation as well as other daily expenses. However, the expenses may vary depending on the lifestyles.
All students, be it domestic or international, are eligible to apply for tuition grants with the Singaporean Ministry of Education. However, you can only apply for a tuition grant after having been offered a place on a course. Tuition grants cover most of the costs of the tuition fees.
Steps/Process for Student Visa:
Step 1: Attend a Counseling Session @ Unicorn Tourism & Tours Services Pvt. Ltd.
Step 2: Documents Gathering
Step 3: Apply for Admission
Step 4: Issuance of Offer Letter
Step 5: Apply to ICA and wait for IPA (In-Principle Approval)
Step 6: Visa Outcome
Step 7: Pay Tuition Fees
Step 8: Travel Assistance (Air Tickets, Overseas Insurance, Foreign Exchange, etc)